Summers of Fire (Paperback)

A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage

By Linda Strader

Bedazzled Ink Publishing, 9781945805660, 250pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

List Price: 14.95*
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Linda Strader is one of the first women hired on a fire crew with the U.S. Forest Service. A naïve twenty-year-old in the mid-1970s, she discovers fighting wildfires is challenging—but in a man's world, they became only one of the challenges she would face. Battling fire is exhilarating, yet exhausting; the discrimination real and sometimes in her face. Summers of Fire is an Arizona to Alaska adventure story that honestly recounts the seven years Strader ventures into the heart of fires that scorch the land, vibrant friendships that fire the soul, and deep love that ends in devastating heartbreak.

About the Author

Linda Strader has published many articles online about landscaping with desert plants. When The Green Valley News, a local newspaper, printed an article about her firefighting adventures, it lead to the magazine, Wildfire Today, publishing an excerpt. She works as a landscape architect in southern Arizona.

Praise For Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love and Courage

“Strader’s story is an unsung part of the #MeToo movement... I found myself nodding and sympathizing as I read, and I thoroughly enjoyed her descriptions of working fires, building trail, and finding her way as a woman in what is tragically still a man’s world.” —Susan J. Tweit, ​

“Strader’s writing is insightfully descriptive, from nature’s wonders and brutality, to times when she survived only on sheer willpower, truly pushing herself physically to the brink, and the rewards she found working in the great Western outdoors. This well-written memoir will have readers caught up in the adventurous twists and turns to very end.” —Karen Walenga, Green Valley News